weakness

[ week-nis ]
/ ˈwik nɪs /

noun

the state or quality of being weak; lack of strength, firmness, vigor, or the like; feebleness.
an inadequate or defective quality, as in a person's character; slight fault or defect: to show great sympathy for human weaknesses.
a self-indulgent liking or special fondness, as for a particular thing: I've always had a weakness for the opera.
an object of special desire; something very difficult to resist: Chocolates were her weakness.

Origin of weakness

First recorded in 1250–1300, weakness is from the Middle English word weikenes. See weak, -ness

SYNONYMS FOR weakness

2 flaw. See fault.
3 penchant, passion, hunger, appetite.

Related forms

non·weak·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for weakness

weakness

/ (ˈwiːknɪs) /

noun

the state or quality of being weak
a deficiency or failing, as in a person's character
a self-indulgent fondness or likinga weakness for chocolates

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Idioms and Phrases with weakness

weakness

see have a weakness for.


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